Monday, March 8, 2010


Last night's chicken adobo turned out delicious, much better than the first time I tried it.  Here's what I did:

Chicken Adobo 

4 chicken thighs
4 potatoes, cut up in large pieces
2 onions, cut up in large pieces
8 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
3 bay leaves
1 T. black peppercorns
1c. soy sauce
1c. vinegar
enough water to cover

Adjust soy sauce and vinegar to your own taste; I like the broth quite dark.
Bring to boil and simmer about an hour.
Serve with or without the broth. I prefer it without.
In the Philippines this dish is served with rice.

(Sorry, no pic of the chicken adobo, next time I make it I'll try to remember to do so.)

Yesterday I got another of the bamboo leaf packets, this time instead of red bean paste it had some kind of fruit with a large pit and a tough skin, I suspect it may be haw berries.  Here are some pics:

And some very unfortunate packaging on a chocolate bar... look closely at the illustration on the package. Mmmmmmm... intestines.  With a name and picture like that, I had to buy it and photograph it for posterity. 


  1. Love it lol, How good are the local ingredients? Your resipe looks good on this end but I would have to go with the broth :)

  2. Local ingredients... Shopping is somewhat different, as there are attendants to bag and/or price the meats, produce, and other bulk items. Meats in the supermarket are displayed in open cases, some of it looks good and some of it looks suspect. I made sure to select chicken that was still frozen. A fish jumped out from a tank onto the floor while I was buying the chicken. The produce looks pretty decent, although some items are not familiar. Produce is not imported so if it's not in season, it's not available unless you want to pay hothouse grown prices in a specialty shop. I haven't shopped at the specialty shops (mom-n-pop's) for groceries, mostly because they are farther away and I'm on foot.

  3. This sounds like and interesting challenge to find your food. I assume you are cooking for yourself part of the time? What type of local foods are you finding and do you think you can experiment cooking with them?

  4. I haven't had much time/energy for cooking yet beyond things I know such as simple stir fried vegetables and rice and the chicken adobo.

    Most of the time at home I don't have much of an appetite, I'm hoping that once I've got more of an established routine here I will feel like cooking more often. I eat a lot of yogurt and fruit. If I should just happen to lose some weight, that would be a good thing, since I have plenty to spare.